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It was a problem then too - to s o t n - >• TKRRIBLK BITCHERY BY ARABS. Pie...
to s o t n - >• TKRRIBLK BITCHERY BY ARABS. Pie Caimakam Nari of ihe city of Sana,in Yemen, ha* •ddn -NU 'd a letter tg a friend in Vienna,in which he gives an aorount r>l the siege of Uiat city by the Arab insurgents It began on the Uth July and ended on the 10th October, and morn thaa 40,000 insurgetitii took part in it. The state of the town haftVs desrnptien While the besiegers kept up a continual r omhardeyit a terrible famine prevailed. Every man who leTt thr ci : y had his nose or ears rut ofT and was driven back to Sana naked as a hand. A Jewish merchant and his two grown-up »nn>. having urgent need of leaving the town, fell into the hands of the n.nurgents and were all three badly mutilated.!In- merchant's threat l>eing eventually* nit sod the sons Bent hark to tell the tale Tlie Turkish garrison nf the town behaved splendidlv, for thoush officers and men were half starved they wrrr on the walls day and night and kept U>e eu-my under rontro) The chief of the Insurgents wss M<dlah Si I ah F.ddin, a native of (he city ol Saad.ih.w ho procla'in-*'! .ill over the country tiia 't he would convert tin- 60,000 Jews of Yemen Ui Islam or would extirpate them. During Uie last days of Uie siege the insurgents had approached the city tn within 1.000ft. On the lOUi October aj Turkish army of relief appeared and soon got tho ' mastery of the insurgents. On Uie following evrn- . trig the Turki>h commander, Achmed Ft-iri Pasha, 1 entertd the city In triumph, where he wa» wel- 1 coined as a saviour, especially by the Je«* So ' quarter wss given to prisoners either by the Turks 1 or by the insurgents, and so the battle ww followed by a terrible tiutcbery. Peace reigned in Yemen when this letter left Sana, but the Jews live in fear and trembling, for Mullah Sal ah Eddin escaped im) is trying to assemble an army again. The Jews: of Yemen have decided upon naming a Chief Rabbi knowing Turkish, to eicrcise the functions of a supreme judge over nil the Jews in the province. The Rabbi haa a prison uf his own, and can inflict short periods of imprisonment.

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  1. Blackheath Gazette,
  2. 01 Jan 1892, Fri,
  3. Page 2

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